Moscow will soon offer its foreign customers Tor-E2 air defense systems, Russia’s arms exporter Rosoboronexport anoounced on August 9.
“The possibility of interfacing Tor-E2 with any of the existing air defense systems, including those based on NATO standards, will considerably expand its export potential. A battery of four combat vehicles will have an attached command center responsible for control and coordination of Tor combat vehicles and their interaction with the control system of the customer’s air defenses,” Rosoboronexport said in a statement.
Rosoboronexport’s remarks about a possible integration of the system with NATO air defense standards reflect Russia’s will to expand its weapons sales to NATO member states. Moscow and Ankara already reache deal on a S-400 air dfense systems delivery to Turkey, the NATO member state and one of the key US “allies” in the Middle East.
The Tor-E2 is a low to medium altitude, short-range surface-to-air missile system, developed and produced by the air and space defense corporation Almaz-Antey. It’s capable of destroying planes, helicopters, UAVs and cruise, various types of guided missiles as well as glide and guided air bombs
According to Almaz-Antey, it can operate amid intensive fire and radio-electronic countermeasures in any weather round the clock. Each Tor-E2 launcing vehicle is equipped with 16 missiles, twice as many as the previous version of the Tor system.